Lecture Prof. dr. Andrew Fitzmaurice (University of Sydney) – 4 July 2019

Date and time: 4 July 2019, 09.00-11.00 AM

Venue: Belle van Zuylenzaal, Academiegebouw, Utrecht

Fee: none, but seating is limited.

Programme: 09.00-9.30: registration, coffee/tea | 9.30-10.30: lecture | 10.30-11.00 Q&A


‘Micro-Intellectual History and the Limits of the Global Turn’


Drawing on his forthcoming book, Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice will advocate an approach combining ‘Micro-Intellectual History’ and social history of ideas. Questioning recent developments in the fields of global intellectual history’ and longue durée intellectual history, he will conclude with some critical perspectives on the societal relevance of the global turn.


Prof. Fitzmaurice’s research has focused upon the ideologies of European empires. His early work concerned the political ideas of early American colonisation. More recently, he has been concerned with Europeans’ justifications for the appropriation of land and sovereignty in the non-European world from the sixteenth century through to the twentieth. His current research project focuses on the role of the British nineteenth-century jurist Sir Travers Twiss in the justification of the Congo Free State. He is the author of: Sovereignty, Property and Empire, 1500-2000 (Cambridge: CUP, 2014); Humanism and America: An intellectual history of English colonisation, 1500-1625 (Cambridge: CUP, 2003). Recent publications include ‘Scepticism of the Civilizing Mission in International Law’, In: M. Koskenniemi, W. Rech, M. Jimenez Fonseca (eds.), International Law and Empire: Historical Explorations (Oxford: OUP).


This lecture is part of the Huizinga Summer School 2019. Auditors are welcome after registration. 


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